Dreaming of the weekend? We are too! Start planning your non-working day festivities with Music Is My Music’s guide to the best gigs in town. Not one to break the bank, we’ve trawled the internet to find the coolest local gigs in Brisbane THIS WEEK (16 – 22 May) for $10 or less. Hit the expand ‘+’ button to see more details for each show…you might even find some freebies!


Indie Empire feat. The Con & The Liar, Hannah Rosa & Noralyn @ Empire Hotel

The Con & The Liar

What: Indie Empire feat. The Con & The Liar, Hannah Rosa & Noralyn
When & Where: Thursday, 19 May @ The Empire Hotel from 8.30PM
Genre: Indie, pop, alternative
Tickets: FREE. More event info here.

Indie Empire brings together some of Brisbane’s finest indie acts every Thursday night. Expect to have your ears appeased by alt-rockers The Con & The Liar, and hear some of the new songs Hannah Rosa’s been cooking up in her lounge-room. Make sure you get in early to catch pop songstress Noralyn too, whose voice will warm the hearts of everyone in the room!


Cookies & Cream #2 feat. Pyre & Ice, Electric Suede + more @ The Backroom

Cookies & Cream #2

What: Cookies & Cream #2 feat. Pyre & Ice, Electric Suede, Jackalpac, The Stray Selection & Fight Ibis
When & Where: Friday, 20 May @ The Backroom from 6.30PM
Genre: Rock
Tickets: $10 presale, $12 on the door. More event info here.

After the success of the Cookies & Cream debut show, the Vincent & Jules’ series is back for a second round with some of Brisbane’s best up-and-coming rock acts. If you missed the first one, now is the time to quench your appetite! Get ready for a five course meal of rock onslaught with Fight Ibis and The Stray Selection kicking off your entree, Jackalpac and Electric Suede serving up your mains before Pyre & Ice tip you over the edge with their delectable, sonic dessert.

Young Blood #2 feat. Georgia Mae, Capre & Quintessential Doll @ The Triffid

Young Blood

What: Young Blood #2 feat. Georgia Mae, Capre & Quintessential Doll
When & Where: Friday, 20 May @ The Triffid from 8PM
Genre: Electronic-pop, folktronica
Tickets: $12.75 ($10 + booking fee). More event info here.

Attention A & R reps and anyone who loves a good beat – Young Blood #2 is where you need to be! This is a line-up of local electronic-pop artists who’ve been smashing some serious goals. A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, leading lady Georgia Mae has already composed, recorded and produced music featured in Cannes Film Festival and a plethora of American TV shows. She’ll be droppin’ beats along with tastemaker favourites Capre and Quintessential Doll. Don’t miss this!


5 Bands For $5 @ The Zoo

5 Bands $5 @ The Zoo

What: Five Bands Five Bucks feat. Big Bad Echo, Cassette Cathedral, Yarout, Age Champion & Whalehouse
When & Where: Saturday, 21 May @ The Zoo from 8PM
Genre: Punk, rock, indie, alternative
Tickets: $5. More event info here.

Get ready to hand over your purple Queen Elizabeth stamped note, The Zoo have unearthed some of Brisbane’s most-promising underground talent and packaged them into a night of $5 fun. With Big Bad Echo, Cassette Cathedral, Yarout, Age Champion and Whalehouse on the bill, $5 spent here will leave you a state of bliss for longer than a $5 basics drink deal you might find somewhere else.

Sneeky Picnic Reunion Show @ The Milk Factory

Sneeky Picnic

What: Sneeky Picnic Reunion Show w/ Until Home + TH’FIKA
When & Where: Saturday, 21 May @ The Milk Factory from 7.30PM
Genre: Pop, rap
Tickets: TBC. More event info here.

After a two-year hiatus, pop-rap hybrid Sneeky Picnic are back together and ready to jam! In a reunion bigger than the Spice Girls could handle, Sneeky Picnic will be playing a mix of their new tunes and popular party anthems. Along for the ride are Until Home and TH’FIKA, who’ll be warming the crowd up for some ripper party times.

Soul Mechanics feat. Master Wolf + Vulture St Tape Gang @ Boundary Hotel

Soul Mechanics

What: Soul Mechanics feat. Master Wolf + Vulture St Tape Gang
When & Where: Saturday, 21 May @ The Boundary Hotel from 7PM
Genre: Beats, jams, grooves & rhymes
Tickets: TBC. More event info here.

Local bookers Earshot have got their finger on the pulse when it comes to Brisbane’s vibrant groove, funk, afrobeat and vinyl scene. Their latest show will have you groovin’ as they bring together some of the city’s hippest beat masters – Soul Mechanics feat Master Wolf and Vulture St Tape Gang.

Forevr, Yucca, Sydney2000 + Pull-Out Kings @ The Bearded Lady


What: FOREVR, Yucca, Sydney2000 + Pull-Out Kings
When & Where: 
Saturday, 21 May @ The Bearded Lady from 7PM
Genre: Electronic, shoe-gaze
Tickets: $10. More event info here.

It’s FOREVR’s last show as a duo and they’ll be playing in style with mates Yucca, Sydney2000 and Pull-Out Kings. It’s out with the old and in with the new, so make sure you get along to this one!

Ellie Jane + Byron Short @ Archive Bar

ellie jane and the forces of destiny

What: Ellie Jane + Byron Short
When & Where: Saturday, 21 May @ Archive Beer Boutique from 7.30PM
Genre: Alternative rock, folk, country
Tickets: Free. More event info here.

This will be local songstress Ellie Jane’s last gig for awhile, before she takes some time off to have her first child. To celebrate she’s teamed up with local country rock stalwart Byron Short for a set that is sure to be both whimsical and toe-tapping!


Love Like Hate @ The Powerhouse

Love Like Hate 1

What: Love Like Hate
When & Where: Sunday, 22 May @ The Powerhouse from 3PM
Genre: Indie, rock
Tickets: Free. More event info here.

Returning home from a UK tour (2015), Brisbane based female ensemble Love Like Hate are spending the year working in the studio on their debut album. Find out what they’ve been brewing in the studio when they play at the Powerhouse this Sunday.

Project Montreal + ROI Joint Album Launch @ The Brightside

Roi and Project Montreal

What: Project Montreal + ROI Joint Album Launch
When & Where:
Sunday, 22 May @ The Brightside from 7PM
Genre: Alternative, pop
Tickets: $10. More event info here.

To celebrate the release of Project Montreal’s album Patterns and ROI’s album August City, the two Brissie locals are teaming up for a joint show. If you want to get ahead of the tastemakers, you need to see these two acts!

Feature image: Georgia Mae by Danny McShane